James Gurney’s environmental portraits of Jurassic inhabitants are amazing examples of paleo-art. Here’s a gouache study based on his “T.Rex/Watering Hole” piece from Dinotopia. Seeing him speak about his methods is a treat too—he built makeshift structures to get the right angles for his models (as if they were atop a saurapod).
In a decades-old notebook, I found this small sketch of Mr. Disotell, an elementary school science teacher. Sketches of teachers and professors will likely be much more memorable to the artist than any of the notes you take in their classes; plus they make great models since you see them from many angles on a daily basis.
Make amoebas from the dredges of your tea cup!
It takes only a few marks to add decades to an invented character. Crows feet, heavier lids, skin irregularities can be convincing. The low angle cell phone pic adds some extra drama.
Sketching from life size sculpts is great practice. Only the light moves. Look for typical exaggerations in anatomy (extremely large hands, heads) that the sculptor uses to make the subject look more dramatic.
I find it challenging to loosen up my style for character invention. Drawing small, random shapes with a light Copic brush pen often helps. In this case, I happened to be sharpening a Colo-Erase, and spotted a shape that resembled a sort of swirling feline genii. I added a little push in Photoshop to bring out some dimension.
Fun imagining the transition from Dr. J. to Mr H.
Can you watch the transition without staring into his eyes?